- Tous > Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade > Research and Development (R&D) - Innovation and Financing
- Tous > Health Technology Assessment > Policies
- Mots-clés > access to health technologies
- Mots-clés > advocacy
- Mots-clés > Global Initiative on Health Technologies (GIHT)
- Mots-clés > health technology - evaluation
- Mots-clés > innovation - availability, affordability and cost-effectiveness
- Mots-clés > innovative technologies
- Mots-clés > medical devices - strategies
- Mots-clés > medical supplies and equipment - selection
- Mots-clés > new technologies
- Mots-clés > selection process
(2010; 44 pages)
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Initiative on Health Technologies. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the initiative’s goal is to make available the benefits of core health technologies at an affordable price particularly to communities in resource limited settings in order to effectively control important health problems. This initiative includes the development of guidelines and tools for health technology management, a call for innovative technologies (the results of which are discussed in this report), and the organization of a Global Forum on Medical Devices in Bangkok in September 2010.
The call for innovative technologies that took place from September 2009 to June 2010 sought to identify and evaluate innovative medical devices (including assistive devices) either existing or under development, which address global health concerns. A total of 84 submissions from 28 countries were received by the deadline of 31 January 2010. This report discusses the selection process of the call and presents the 15 innovative technologies deemed to hold promise in reducing the global burden of disease. It is hoped this report will foster the development and availability of these technologies, particularly for those in low- and middle-income countries.